In-, out-group biases complicate social interaction

Every year my elementary school had a Chinese New Year celebration put on by the second grade class. It was the typical school celebration; make decorations, walk in a parade and sing songs that we had been practicing for nearly a month. One of those songs repeated the Chinese phrase “gong xi fa cai” (happy lunar new year) over and over. Being the immature second … Continue reading In-, out-group biases complicate social interaction

Longform: Athletic success puts school ahead of game

To say our school’s athletic program is big is an understatement. The program boasts 31 varsity sports, spanning the fall, winter and spring seasons. Last spring, nearly 400 students participated in the eight spring sports, accounting for almost 20 percent of the school’s enrollment, and outdoor track and field alone had almost 200 athletes. Undeniably, athletics play an integral part in the lives of the … Continue reading Longform: Athletic success puts school ahead of game

Lack of school spirit obvious among students

Students pack into the bleachers. After only a few minutes, everyone is already hot and sweaty and their face paint is beginning to melt. It’s the first Friday and the first pep-rally of the school year. The SGA steps onto the field. “Let’s hear it for the seniors!” they call out and immediately screams and shouts echo across the field. The poms, cheerleaders and marching … Continue reading Lack of school spirit obvious among students